Film Festival of the Outdoors 2019

Welcome to your guide to our Film Festival Of The Outdoors 2019!


In January this year Oban Phoenix Cinema screened the edge-of-your-seat documentary ‘Free Solo’, which turned out to be hugely popular and a great success!

This September we have brought together a selection of excellent documentary films, with the common theme of the outdoors, screening at a special discounted rate, for one week only!
From environmentally-friendly farming, to the troubled waters of Scottish salmon fishing, while swimming, cycling and running our way between the two, there really is something to interest almost everyone.

At a time when the importance of looking after our planet has been brought sharply into focus, these films showcase how special our Earth is and how we can really appreciate it.
Each film will screen at least twice during the week, and every show will enjoy our big screen experience! 

Please do let us know if you’ve enjoyed our Film Festival Of The Outdoors, and any films you would like to see in next year’s programme; we always value your feedback!
Thank you, and enjoy the shows!
The Staff at Oban Phoenix.

Special Ticket Prices

Under 18s         £4.00
18s-25s              £4.50
Adult                 £5.00
Over 60s          £4.50
Adult VIP         £6.00
Conc. VIP        £5.00


The Run

Anupam Sharma’s The Run documents Australian politician Pat Farmer’s 2016 Spirit Of India run - a 4,647km endurance challenge which saw him run the equivalent of two marathons a day for two months.

Travelling from the nation’s southernmost point to its northern border in support of Australian – Indian relations and educational charities for girls and young women, Sharma’s camera follows the team closely as the challenge unfolds, capturing the relationships, laughs, health scares and frictions as they happen.
As we follow the team through the beautiful and vibrant landscapes of India and the extreme weather conditions put in their way, they are cheered along on every step of the route by thousands, led by a no-nonsense Farmer. The Run is hilarious, tense and inspirational filmmaking, keeping you with Farmer every painful step of the way.

Ultra-Marathon Runner, father, husband former federal politician, labourer, motivational speaker and author. By most people’s standards Pat Farmer is the embodiment of the quintessential Aussie doer. Reaching for his running shoes is a natural response when he spots a good cause.

His past feats include the record-breaking 14,964 km Centenary of Federation run around Australia in 1999, in 191 days. He was also the first man to run from the North Pole to the South Pole, raising $100,000 for Red Cross, from April 2011 to January 2012. (He also ran for peace in the Middle East in 2014, and Vietnam in late December to January 2013.)


When asked what keeps him going, he says most people want ‘’to do something’’ to help others but don’t know where to start. He highlights important causes with a run. ‘’If you have the time and the ability, just do it. I have the ability to run on a platform so I run to raise awareness [about causes].’’ Pat is a man who seeks, and likes to share, inspiration. He says he sometimes finds it frustrating that sport and reality television shows attract prime-time viewing while other causes become a snippet in the media. There’s no doubting Farmer’s enthusiasm, but we were curious if he ever felt lonely on the road. He said he finds running quite meditative: ‘’When I run, I reflect on life and dig deep and answer questions.’’ He said there was also a freedom to it and he always follows through. ‘’If I take the first step, I take the last step.’’


The Bikes Of Wrath

A story of adventure and humanity in the American heartland, The Bikes of Wrath follows five Australian friends as they attempt to cycle 2,600 kilometres, on a small budget, from Oklahoma to California in honour of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Travelling through rural towns and communities of Middle America, the group seeks to understand how the country has changed since the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, exploring the wealth gap, religion, immigration and the American Dream.


Of Fish And Foe

What happens when the ideals of one group conflicts with the livelihood of another? A stirring and often surprising look at contemporary eco-activism on the Scottish Seas, Of Fish and Foe follows brothers Kevin and John Pullar, who are struggling to sustain the family business of net fishing for wild Atlantic salmon off the coast of Scotland. Watching their every move, animal activist groups Sea Shepherd and Hunt Saboteurs oppose the Pullars at every turn, and frustrations frequently boil over in this thought-provoking documentary that puts modern environmentalism under the microscope.


Against The Tides

AGAINST THE TIDES follows marathon swimmer, Beth French, as she sets out to conquer Oceans Seven, a challenge consisting of the seven most dangerous sea-channels in the world. For extreme swimmers, it’s the ultimate test; the equivalent to the seven peaks in mountaineering. Only a handful of people have ever completed it, but Beth aims to become the first person ever to swim all seven in one year.

It took Beth five years to prepare for the challenge, cost her tens of thousands of pounds and involved hundreds of supporters, but, driven to set an example for her autistic son and by her battle with lifelong illness M.E. (a.k.a. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Beth travels across continents to far-flung corners of the world… where land meets sea.
Once in the water, Beth confronts jellyfish, sharks, hypothermia, wild weather and mind-numbing fatigue, along with demons from her past. Each swim can take up to 20 hours, often through the night. Immersed in the waves, Beth is in her element: “Being in water gives me freedom... it’s where I belong’.
With each swim Beth gets stronger and more determined but as her dramatic journey nears its end, Beth’s burning desire to conquer the open sea comes into heart-rending conflict with a mother’s dreams for her son in an unpredictable and emotional climax.
AGAINST THE TIDES is a feature documentary by the BAFTA-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Stefan Stuckert.


The Biggest Little Farm

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they've chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind- including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm's ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters' hope - but as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.

*Oban Phoenix Cinema has managed to negotiate having this film nearly two months before its UK release, in November 2019!*